English Vocabulary: Different Parts of a House

A house is a building that functions as a home, ranging from simple dwellings such as rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes and the improvised shacks in shantytowns...


  • Chimney – The large protective ventilation area for smoke normally from a fireplace .
  • Apron – Larger decorative trim boards and moldings below windows.
  • Gable – The triangular part of a wall where roof pitches meet and come to a peak.
  • Ridge – The top peak of a gable roof running horizontally where two sloping sides meet.
  • Hip – A downward sloping junction of the roof where sloping sides meet. This occurs on pitched roofs with sloping planes that join along their sides, like the edges of a pyramid.
  • Rake – The rake is the outer slanting edge of a gable roof end that runs from the ridge to the eave.
  • Drip Edge – A metal strip edge extending beyond the roof that directs water outward and prevents water from curling back over the shingles.
  • Eave – The overhanging area of the roof that extends beyond the house to keep rain water away from the lower part of the home.
  • Soffit –  Covering for the underside of the eave, often vented.
  • Box End – The end cap to finish off the soffit and fascia at the gable wall.
  • Trim – Decorative board around the edges of windows and doors.
  • Header – Larger decorative trim boards and moldings above windows and doors.
  • Dormer – An extra wall area that extends out from the roof plane often containing a window.
  • Porch – An open front extension around the entrance of the home, normally covered.
  • Column – Vertical posts which hold up roof extensions, often covered with decorative features.
  • Railing – Fencing or barrier with small posts, rails, often around an open part of the house like a deck or porch.
  • ...

What's Your Reaction?

Confused Confused
0
Confused
Sad Sad
0
Sad
Geeky Geeky
0
Geeky
Haha Haha
9
Haha
Wow Wow
2
Wow
Hard Hard
0
Hard
Easy Easy
3
Easy
What? What?
3
What?

Comments 1

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

English Vocabulary: Different Parts of a House

log in

Become a part of our community!
Don't have an account?
sign up

reset password

Back to
log in

sign up

Join ESL Buzz Community

Back to
log in
Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format